52 PLUS JOKER
A membership organization originally formed to cater to the interests of collectors of American
antique playing card decks, 52 Plus Joker has long since broadened the scope
of the club to include the collecting of playing cards and related items of
all sorts, and from around the world! The club sponsors an annual convention
and an excellent member's only auction. For more information, please visit
US PLAYING CARD CO.
Home of the United States Playing Card Company, makers of the celebrated Bicycle brand playing cards
and other fine playing cards. For more information on their Bicycle brand playing cards,
THE DISCOURSE - A Forum for Playing Cards
Discussions on antique and vintage decks, playing card design, magic, deck reviews
and all other matters pertaining to playing cards. Whether you are a serious
collector, a designer, a magician, or collector of new designs you will find
this a great site to learn more about your interests and an excellent place
to meet others who share your enthusiasm.
LEE ASHER'S WEBSITE
"Learn Sleight of Hand"
Lee Asher develops original sleight of hand magic based on his lifetime
experience as a magician. He looks at the art of magic from a real-world
perspective and approaches it with skills very few possess. His site
provides free tips, quality information about card magic, plus paid
tutorials on his authentic material designed for rising magicians and
During the past decade, Lee has taught his style of
magic to other magicians worldwide. Lee Asher's raw visual style of
magic is easily recognized and universally acknowledged as among the best.
GIANLUCA GIMINI'S VELOCIPEDIA
"Back in 2009 I began pestering friends and random strangers.
I would walk up to them with a pen and a sheet of paper asking that
they immediately draw me a men’s bicycle, by heart. Soon I found out
that when confronted with this odd request most people have a very
hard time remembering exactly how a bike is made. Some did get close,
some actually nailed it perfectly, but most ended up drawing something
that was pretty far off from a regular men’s bicycle... A single designer
could not invent so many new bike designs in 100 lifetimes."
Gianluca has collected hundreds of these drawings and rendered some of
them as almost photographic digital images, as if the weird bikes were real.
The results are familiar yet odd, and sometimes very funny.
www.Behance.net - Velocipedia
Home to the great Lloyd Barnes and the incomparable Daniel Madison. A vast array of incredible routines and some
fantastic playing cards for the performer and collector, in equal measure. Videos feature many mind-blowing
live street and bar performances.
"At Ellusionist, we have one goal: to give you the power to perform magic beyond belief. We want to make
you the life of any party. We want to make you into a performer. To achieve that goal, we built this site with
YOU in mind.
"Welcome to magic. Perform like never before."
Hundreds of stock and custom playing cards to choose from, including
Bicycle, Ellusionist, Theory11, and many other specialty decks.
PlayingCards.net is a division of
where you can find all types of gambling items, including custom poker
chips, gaming wheels, and table layouts.
Magic and many newly designed beautiful decks of playing cards, several
based on classic USPC Bicycle designs.
"Our team is unparalleled.
Don't learn magic from fly by night websites and "supposed"
professionals - learn magic from the best in the business, and learn
things correctly the first time. We produce all of our products in
house, which means that we value quality over quantity.
We work with over 30 artists - the best in the industry.
Our artists are the foremost experts in the conjuring arts. Our team runs
the spectrum from new upcoming talent to magic's greatest
historians. We strive to take magic to the next level, pushing
forward in its natural progression and evolution as an art form.
We produce all of our products and videos entirely in house.
We live for innovation. We encourage imagination. We challenge the
ordinary. We believe in pushing the envelope. We love the adventure.
We respect all of those that respect the art.
It's our goal to deliver only the most effective, hard hitting magic.
We are on the bleeding edge of magic, and we like how it feels. Start
learning today and support our mission, objectives, and team."
"Based in the United States, RarePlayingCards.com was formed to help magicians,
collectors, cardists, and poker players find and purchase some of the most sought after
playing card decks from one trusted place. All of our decks are stored in a climate-controlled,
secure environment to ensure that they remain in mint condition. We were inspired to bring
some of the highest quality, most popular designer decks printed by well-known - and even
obscure brands - to you."
The site offers many decks for sale with better photographs of the cards than most sites offer.
I especially like "Card View" for a quick look at the back design and key cards.
Categories include "Rare-Limited cards" and "Extremely rare cards."
"The forum for All Things Cardistry, magic and custom decks."
Main topic categories on the site are Cardistry & Magic
and Playing Cards. The latter forum has several sub-categories,
including Knowledge Base, New & Custom Decks and Deck Reviews.
This is a terrific forum for serious designers of custom cards and
fans of the discipline. If you have a Kickstarter playing card project
that has any graphic value or sophistication, it will be
commented on here. And it's not just nitpicking--many good
suggestions and helpful comments are posted.
THE WORLD OF PLAYING CARDS
An encyclopædia of the social anthropology of playing cards. Simon Wintle has
created a fascinating, incredibly detailed and lavishly illustrated site that
explores a vast array of playing cards and related ephemera, and also has a number
of nice decks for sale.
Currently under construction. Brought to you by the folks at BicycleCards.org (that would be me).
Make Your Own Playing Cards
Chris Wasshuber has done what I thought was impossible: "If you have been
struggling with making your own gaffed cards, printing your own deck of cards,
or if you always wanted to put uncle Joe's face where the Jack of spades is,
then now this has become a lot easier and cheaper than ever before. The method
I will describe here results in cards that are identical in look and feel to
regular USPCC cards. And the best of all of this is that you can do this for a
few cents per card right at home."
MAGIC TRICK STORE
Thousands of items magically shipped around the world!
PLAYING CARD WIKI
"This wiki will aspire to contain information on all different kinds of playing
cards. It is currently in development, and new pages will be added frequently."
The Playing Card Wiki has a growing list of the constantly evolving new Bicycle editions, which
relieves me of the desire to post that information on this site. There is also a good
history of the U.S. Playing Card Co. by Dazzleguts from the
United Cardists forum.
Dodge's Bicycle Collection
This collection offers a glimpse of the 19th Century from the handlebars of a bicycle.
More than 2,000 original artifacts from Europe and the U.S. portray the technical,
social and esthetic aspects of this medium during its first 100 years, dating from 1819.
Pryor's website also offers many interesting bicycle-related links.
Playing Cards + Art = Collecting
"Notes about Playing Cards and Art for Collectors and All Interested. I am a playing
card collector. This blog came into being February 3, 2013. It is dedicated to notes
(sometimes articles) about playing cards and art for collectors and all interested
(artists, producers, curious persons, etc.). Its name "Playing Cards + Art = Collecting"
reflects its specificity. I write about playing card art (design), art inspired by playing
cards and of course about playing cards. Also I share interesting information with my
readers about art requests regarding different playing card projects and about unique/rare
decks of playing cards."
"The purpose of www.MAGICmagazine.com is to offer a sampling of what is appearing in the
current issue of our monthly magazine. There is also our WebSource page, which is just
that — a resource for web contacts that are appearing in the issue. Also, we will
occasionally “reprint” material that relates to a current issue. I hope that all of this
will pique your interest enough to join our ever-growing family of subscribers. MAGIC is
celebrating its 18th year of publication, and we’re very proud of being recognized by the
Guinness Book of World Records as the largest-selling magic periodical in the world."
COLLECTORS WEEKLY - Playing Cards
The above link sends you directly to their Playing Card page.
CollectorsWeekly.com is a resource for people who love vintage items and antiques.
Their aim is to build a great place to explore, learn, and experience the passion and knowledge
of collectors everywhere.